Easy Tequila Lime Chicken Enchiladas – doesn’t just hearing the name make you hungry? Well, wait until you taste this delicious, easy chicken enchiladas casserole, you will become a believer!
This recipe for Easy Tequila Lime Chicken Enchiladas, is somewhat different from authentic chicken enchiladas and features shredded chicken marinated in tequila, lime juice and a “secret” ingredient, brown sugar. All of this sweet deliciousness is then wrapped up in a tortilla along with some cheese and topped with an out-of-this-world salsa verde sauce, Crema which is Mexican style cream and yes, even more, cheese.
Take my word for it; this dish is really, really, really, good! It will make you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo all year long. Ole!
I did a taste testing with some friends the other night, and everyone loved them, even coming back for seconds. Then my husband and I had leftovers for dinner last night, and they were as good if not better. Don’t you love it when a plan comes together, and you have enough of a great dish for leftovers the next night, so you don’t have to cook! I have to confess, as much as I love to cook, I also love it when I don’t have to cook!
Love enchiladas? You might also be interested in these other yummy enchilada recipes: Avocado Lime Chicken Enchiladas, Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas, and Easy Honey Lime Turkey Enchiladas! They are all awesome!
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How to make Easy Tequila Lime Chicken Enchilada recipe.
If you’re ready to get started, then gather your ingredients and let’s get cooking!
The ingredients you will need are tequila, brown sugar, lime juice, chili powder, garlic powder, chicken, flour tortillas, Monterey jack cheese or a Mexican blend, green enchilada sauce, salsa verde, and Crema which is Mexican cream. (If you can’t find Crema, you can substitute heavy cream.
I know it sounds like a long list, but it comes together quickly.
The chicken does need to marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes, and it’s even better if it can go longer, so plan accordingly.
To make the marinade, mix the tequila, brown sugar, lime juice, chili powder and garlic powder in a medium-size bowl until the brown sugar is dissolved. (If you don’t want to use tequila, you can substitute water. You can also substitute honey, pure maple syrup or corn syrup for the brown sugar.)
Place the cooked and shredded chicken in a plastic storage bag and pour in the marinade making sure all of the chicken pieces are saturated. Let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. The longer the chicken marinates, the better.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mix 1/2 cup of the green enchilada sauce with the salsa verde and Crema. (You can substitute sour cream thinned with a little cream or heavy cream for the Mexican Crema. Publix has Crema in the dairy section next to the cheese. If you have never had it, try it.)
Spray a 9×13 baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray to make cleanup later a snap. Pour 1/2 cup of the green enchilada sauce into the bottom of the dish and spread out.
Drain the chicken mixture and reserve any remaining marinade. Mix the chicken with 3 cups of the shredded cheese.
Put a heaping 1/2-cup of the chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla and roll up as tightly as you can. Place the rolled tortillas in your baking dish seam side down. Repeat for the rest of the tortillas. You should be able to fit eight enchiladas in the dish.
If you have any leftover marinade, mix it with the sauce you made earlier. Pour this mixture over the enchiladas and top with 1 cup shredded cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbling and the cheese has melted. Let sit for about 5 minutes and serve. Enjoy!